Remasters 2015: How do they sound?

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June 16, 2015 at 8:09 am Quote #45966

ron
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If anyone was waiting on a deal for the HD version of Tokyo Dome, HDTracks has it for $5 bucks off. I think the sale runs through the 22nd.
http://www.hdtracks.com/specials-of-the-week/fathers-day-sale/tokyo-dome-in-concert


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June 18, 2015 at 9:32 am Quote #46005

VAiN
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SO, I have to admit that the remasters are, IMO, totally worth it. I A/B tested them against the previous versions and was very impressed with how much warmer and closer the guitar sounds. Especially on VH I. Ed no longer sounds like he’s at the end of a very long hallway. Looking forward to picking up the rest.


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June 18, 2015 at 9:47 am Quote #46006

rockphantom
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VAiN: SO, I have to admit that the remasters are, IMO, totally worth it. I A/B tested them against the previous versions and was very impressed with how much warmer and closer the guitar sounds. Especially on VH I. Ed no longer sounds like he’s at the end of a very long hallway. Looking forward to picking up the rest.

Has anyone compared the new VH1 remaster to the 1998 DCC gold disc?


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June 18, 2015 at 9:58 am Quote #46007

ron
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rockphantom: Has anyone compared the new VH1 remaster to the 1998 DCC gold disc?

Did anyone ever figure out how many different mixes of the 2015 remasters there are?

CD / LP / iTunes / HD / …


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June 18, 2015 at 9:59 am Quote #46008

JasonA
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rockphantom: Has anyone compared the new VH1 remaster to the 1998 DCC gold disc?

IMO, the 2015 24-bit/192 kHz HD Tracks files sound better than the 1998 DCC CD. Better generation source tape = slight improvement in clarity and instrument separation.


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June 18, 2015 at 12:14 pm Quote #46014

Revo11
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VAiN: SO, I have to admit that the remasters are, IMO, totally worth it. I A/B tested them against the previous versions and was very impressed with how much warmer and closer the guitar sounds. Especially on VH I. Ed no longer sounds like he’s at the end of a very long hallway. Looking forward to picking up the rest.

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June 18, 2015 at 12:33 pm Quote #46015

VAiN
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rockphantom: Has anyone compared the new VH1 remaster to the 1998 DCC gold disc?

I have that here too, I need to pull it out and test it, but I’m going to assume the 2015 remaster will sound better.


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June 18, 2015 at 4:32 pm Quote #46026

guitard
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VAiN: I have that here too, I need to pull it out and test it, but I’m going to assume the 2015 remaster will sound better.



You should do it as a blind test and have someone else put the discs in and randomly switch between them.


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June 18, 2015 at 4:53 pm Quote #46027

VAiN
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guitard: You should do it as a blind test and have someone else put the discs in and randomly switch between them.

Not a bad idea.. I just need to locate that CD…


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June 18, 2015 at 9:09 pm Quote #46031

JasonA
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The 2015 CD won’t be better, unless you like everything brickwalled LOUD. Only the HD Tracks 24/192 files (and presumably the vinyl) are not dynamically compressed.


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June 19, 2015 at 1:55 pm Quote #46076

VAiN
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JasonA: The 2015 CD won’t be better, unless you like everything brickwalled LOUD. Only the HD Tracks 24/192 files (and presumably the vinyl) are not dynamically compressed.

What if I dont like the reverb and having it lessened makes it better to me? No amount of ‘HD’ is going to take that away. With that said, I’d love to hear them not so compressed.


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June 19, 2015 at 2:22 pm Quote #46078

JasonA
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These are not remixed, they’re remastered, so any reverb on the original albums is still present. Check samples here:
http://www.hdtracks.com/van-halen-the-collection


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June 19, 2015 at 4:30 pm Quote #46081

Revo11
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Jason if I remember correctly you are a Mac-ophile – can the 24/192 files be played in iTunes? How about in iTunes Match? I’m seriously considering buying the entire VH/DLR discography from the HDTracks site.

Thanks.


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June 19, 2015 at 4:49 pm Quote #46082

VAiN
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JasonA: These are not remixed, they’re remastered, so any reverb on the original albums is still present. Check samples here: http://www.hdtracks.com/van-halen-the-collection

I read that taking some of the reverb out was Eddie’s goal with this set… there’s definitely a noticeable reduction when I listen to VH I… I don’t know if it’s so much a reduction of the reverb or pushing the guitars forward, but it works and I like it.

I don’t exactly understand what the HD tracks are… how is that different than ripping them from a CD (lossless) at a very high bit-rate?


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June 19, 2015 at 5:28 pm Quote #46088

ron
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VAiN: how is that different than ripping them from a CD (lossless) at a very high bit-rate?

The maximum bit depth and sampling rate of a CD is 16 bits and 44.1KHz

The HD tracks are digital files sampled from the analog masters at a much higher sampling rate and bit depth. Whether this means you can hear more detail or not is somewhat subjective. But the audio itself is different. Audio mastered for CD release is different than that of the HD files.


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